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Letter to the Editor: The Use of the Arithmetic Mean to Average Multiples

The author takes issue with an article that concludes that the harmonic mean should be used as the appropriate measure of central tendency for a sample of market multiples.

Do Not Use the Arithmetic Mean to Average Multiples

Valuation professionals should not use the arithmetic mean of multiples. It is mathematically incorrect because it gives excessive weight to high multiples. A multiple is an inverted ratio with price in the numerator. Therefore, the harmonic mean should be used as the appropriate measure of central tendency.

Valuing Micro and Small Businesses in the Shadows of COVID-19

Valuing micro and small businesses in the shadow of COVID-19 is daunting. COVID-19’s effects on the economy has magnified risk and uncertainty for small business, making the job of valuators more difficult. Join small business broker, attorney, valuation professional, and author Gregory Caruso for a deep dive into problematic areas of actual small-business valuation cases. With a review of how the theory ties into the actual application of methods using best practices and professional judgment ...

Tales From the Trenches: How to Successfully Use Statistics—Without Being a Data Guru

Mark Twain said there are “lies, damned lies and statistics.” Some valuation experts may be uncomfortable using statistics in an engagement. But you don’t have to be a statistics guru to successfully use them when the engagement calls for it. For instance, many damages litigations include the use of regression analyses and/or statistical sampling. Both are statistical methods of determining the amount of damages in a dispute.

Tales From the Trenches: How to Successfully Use Statistics—Without Being a Data Guru

Even though you may not be a statistics expert, you can effectively use statistical sampling and regression when the engagement calls for it. Here are some “in the trenches” examples that demonstrate that.

BVU News and Trends July 2018

A monthly roundup of key developments of interest to business valuation experts.

Sample size debate spills over onto LinkedIn

What’s the minimum number of transactions that should be used from a database such as BIZCOMPS or Pratt’s Stats?

Debate continues on use of statistics

“I can no longer stay a silent observer,” says Gary Trugman (Trugman Valuation) about the back-and-forth over how many transactions should be used in the application of the transaction method of appraisal.

BV experts cross swords over statistics

What’s the minimum number of transactions that should be used from a database such as BIZCOMPS or Pratt’s Stats?

Tax Court's Koons decision withstands appeal: DLOM ruling anchors valuation

The 11th Circuit recently affirmed a four-year-old Tax Court valuation of a revocable trust’s interest in a limited partnership. The linchpin in the valuation was the marketability discount.

Estate of Koons v. Commissioner (Koons II)

Affirming FMV conclusion, appeals court says Tax Court did not err in focusing less on details of methodology parties’ appraisers used than on larger issue of whether hypothetical seller would be able to force distribution of majority of LLC’s assets.

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. v. Dolgencorp, LLC

Appeals court affirms Daubert exclusion of plaintiff's damages expert because she analyzed the wrong problem and her conclusion did not assist the trier of fact; also, her economic model and regression analysis failed to measure “effect of the violation.”

Estate of Koons v. Commissioner

In determining the fair market value of a revocable trust’s interest in an LLC, the Tax Court adopts the IRS expert’s marketability discount and valuation; he rightly assumed it was reasonably foreseeable at the time of the decedent’s death that the trust ...

The Citrilite Co. v. Cott Beverages, Inc.

Court upholds regression analysis of cumulative data sets under Daubert but strikes portions of expert’s damages calculations that project lost profits beyond stated contract term.

Honeywell International Inc., et al. v. Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.

The Delaware Court of Chancery calculated lost profits arising from the breach of a contract.

From experts in valuation in each of nine industry groups to a takeoff on Survivor, AICPA BV Conference offers variety

The 2001 AICPA Business Valuation Conference held at the Venetian in Las Vegas December 2-4 was attended by 840 people (by the way, the Venetian served the best conference food that I've ever experienced).

New book analyzes small business transaction data

Transaction Patterns is a very interesting and useful book for both the business appraiser and the business broker. The data is compiled from the BIZCOMPS database, but similar analysis could be done on The IBA Market Database and Pratt's Stats, and I believe that results would be similar.

Demystifying the user of beta in the determination of the cost of capital and an illustration of its use in Lazard's valuation of Conrail

The Journal of Corporation Law , Winter 2000, Vol. 25 This article discusses deriving the figure for beta (a measure of a security's sensitivity to market movements) in valuing capital budgeting ...

IRS releases recommendations on valuation policies

It has long been known that there are serious deficiencies in the Internal Revenue Service's valuation policies. There is a lack of cohesiveness in valuation reporting requirements and an absence of u ...

Spillert v. Spillert

At issue is the valuation of husband's medical practice.

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